Ropes Course: Inspection Services
AMG are experts at evaluating and inspecting existing ropes course facilities. Whether your course is naturally or artificially constructed regular and annual inspections are necessary to manage liability and guarantee safe operation.
The following is a partial list of what is covered with an AMG inspection:
Trees, Utility Poles, Towers, Buildings
All supporting structures will be inspected ranging from tree size, species, health; utility pole classification, size, age, wear; structure use, element connection, fatigue and wear points.
Element Cable and Connections
All connections will be inspected for wear, metal fatigue, and correct torque specifications. Cables will be inspected for wear, rust, correct installation, and appropriate tension.
All lumber used throughout the course will be inspected for wear, aging, and protruding nails or screws. Adequate construction and attachment points will also be reviewed.
Program Safety Equipment
All staff and guest equipment will be inspected for wear as well as use and retirement documentation including pulleys, helmets, harnesses, lanyards, and Personal Fall Protectors.
All ropes will be inspected including sheathes and cord evaluation. All ropes logs will be checked and retirement process verified
All operation and maintenance manuals will be inspected for appropriate use and documentation.
Training Manuals, Emergency Response, and Risk Management Policies
AMG will inspect all of applicable training procedures including those surround risk management and incident response.
You will receive a preliminary report by the lead inspector that will be followed shortly by a complete written evaluation. Both the verbal and written reports are structured on a 3 tier rating system.
AMG certifies that the course and supporting materials meet minimum construction standards set by the International Wilderness Leadership School (IWLS). These standards meet or exceed those of the Association of Challenge Course Technology (ACCT).
When an element fails AMG has determined that a portion or all of the materials or construction method does not meet the minimum standards of the International Wilderness Leadership School (IWLS). If a portion of the supporting written materials or maintenance procedures fails than AMG is indicating that the materials or procedures does not meet the minimum standards of the International Wilderness Leadership School (IWLS).
After the inspections, a description of the failing element or supporting material will be provided. AMG will make a recommendation for repair or removal of the element or change or addition to the manual or other supporting material. Generally, AMG will provide a 1 month opportunity to correct the failing item.
This either means that an element or manual was unavailable at the time of inspection or that it did not meet the minimum standards set by the International Leadership Wilderness School (IWLS). Depending upon the discrepancy, there will either be an opportunity to correct, or the need to schedule another inspection to verify that appropriate changes or corrections were made. If an opportunity to correct is appropriate, than the course facilitator will need to provide documentation of the procedural or physical change recommended by the lead inspector.
AMG will not be complete large repairs or maintenance during the inspection process. Our inspection staff will assist with minor repairs such as screwing in exposed screws or the taping of loose cable ends but will not complete larger tasks such as rope, cable, anchor, etc. replacement.
We are happy to supply these services outside of the annual inspection process. Please feel free to contact the AMG office with assistance or to receive a quote.
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